East Coast Truckers Charity

Delivering Loads of Fun to Special Children

Our History

The first ever meeting of the East Coast Truckers Club was held at Ebenezer's Night Club, Plumsted Road, Norwich, in September 1981.

The forming of the club was brought about by the aggressive attitude of the then Post Office regards the use of Citizen Band (CB) radios. At that time, you could legally buy a CB, fit it in your vehicle, but you could not use it. People who were caught breaking the law were fined heavily and had their CBs destroyed. Many clubs sprung up around the country with the intention of fighting for their member's right to use the CB unhindered. The East Coast Truckers went one step further and set up an insurance scheme for its members. Thus if a member was caught and prosecuted the club's insurance would reimburse the member for his fine and his equipment.

Two years later the Government of the day legalised the use of CBs and that seemed to signal the end for us and very many other clubs. However the East Coast Truckers decided to continue to meet with a view to fund raising in many different ways and for many different causes. Eventually they settled on raising funds to give handicapped children outings so that they could have a little bit of fun and their parents a little respite, a "day off". That kept the club alive and, with its new purpose, it continued to go from strength to strength.

In 1986 the then President of the club, Glenn Johnson, started the Children's Convoy. Today that Convoy is world famous and the backbone of all the East Coast Truckers achievements. In 2000 the Club successfully converted to a fully registered charity. It is growing in size and stature every year.

The Charity draws in thousands of pounds every year and every year hundreds of deserving children benefit from our members hard work and dedication. It also has a special place in hearts of East Anglian people. This is demonstrated every August Bank Holiday Sunday when our Huge Convoy takes to the highway, the outpouring of affection and emotion for our efforts is humbling. We have in 3 decades evolved from a CB Club to a Charity that people admire, to a Charity that people can relate to, to a Charity that hundreds of people are proud to be part of and to a Charity that people can see, touch and feel.

Yes the EAST COAST TRUCKERS really does "DRIVE YOUR CHARITY HOME" to make sure we…